06/02/2010: OUTCOMES OF THE NEW WAY ABORIGINAL SUMMIT

Contents:
Outcomes of the New Way Aboriginal Summit
National Book Launch: “This Is What We Said”
National Day of Action – 13 Feb 2010
NT Intervention Articles
Other Aboriginal Articles

OUTCOMES OF THE NEW WAY ABORIGINAL SUMMIT:

– Statements

Indymedia Australia: Aboriginal sovereignty to go to the Senate
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/02/02/aboriginal-sovereignty-to-go-to-the-senate
1 Feb 10: “The Aboriginal assertion of sovereignty is to be
put to the Federal Parliament by the Greens Senator Rachel
Siewert at the request of the New Way Summit convened here.
… The summit demanded the resignation Aboriginal Affairs
Minister Jenny Macklin and for her to be replaced by an
Aboriginal person selected by Aboriginal Peoples. …
“Sovereignty will be the major issue of the second New Way
Summit to be held in Sydney over the Easter weekend,”
Michael Anderson said.”
[includes photos at bottom of statement]

WGAR: New Way Summit delegates unanimously reject
government sponsored Rep body
http://wgar.info/2010/02/01/new-way-summit-delegates-unanimously-reject-government-sponsored-rep-body/
31 Jan 10: “The New Way Summit of 150 Aboriginal people has
unanimously opposed the proposed Rudd government sponsored
national Aboriginal representative body to be known as ‘The
First Nations Congress’ being organised by the former Human
Rights Commissioner, Tom Calma. The summit heard angry
comment that it would be just a perpetuation of white
government control of Aboriginal lives. The summit heard
that this so-called representative body will have the power
to deny Aboriginal people the right to determine their
leaders. … The conference participants established a
taskforce to take this New Way radical movement forward on
behalf of the grassroots communities.”

Indymedia Australia:
Aboriginal nations should start making treaties with each other
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2010/02/02/aboriginal-sovereignty-to-go-to-the-senate#comment-1120
30 Jan 10: “The hundreds of Aboriginal nations in Australia
should start making treaties with each other in a process
leading ultimately to full sovereignty, former barrister
Paul Coe told a meeting here of Aboriginal Elders and young
people.”

– News

Koori Mail: ‘New Way’ summit ends, plans for another
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
2 Feb 10: “A THREE-DAY Indigenous summit in Canberra
concluded yesterday with the election of a taskforce to
examine the issue of international and domestic sovereignty
and a demand for the resignation of Federal Indigenous
Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin. Summit convenor Michael
Anderson says the taskforce will also develop an Aboriginal
Charter of Rights and establish protocols for inter-nation
relations.”

– Video

To view the recorded proceedings of the New Way Summit,
which was live streamed, go to:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wgar

– Radio

CAAMA Radio News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/thursday-4th-february-2010/
4 Feb 10: “Veteran Aboriginal leader says Aboriginal people
need to keep fighting for Indigenous rights.”

SBS World View 4 February
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/naca/world-view/episode/67367/World-View-4-February
4 Feb 10: “We look at a summit that brought together
hundreds of Aboriginal Australians.”

NATIONAL BOOK LAUNCH: “THIS IS WHAT WE SAID”

Stop the Intervention:
Book Launch: “This Is What We Said”
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-this-is-what-we-said

“Below you will find an invitation to the launch of a book
“This Is What We Said’. The book puts on record some views
about the NT Intervention that were expressed by Aboriginal
people during the NTER consultations between June and
August last year. We feel that it is very important that
these views are heard.. It is our belief that Government
failed to listen to what was said by Aboriginal people and
this is now evident by the legislation that is currently
before Parliament. … ”
Michele Harris on behalf of ‘concerned Australians’

“Melbourne 12.30PM – 9 February, at Melbourne University
Bookshop. …
Canberra 5pm for 5.30pm – 11 February, at ANU Co-op
Bookshop, to be launched by Christine King.
Adelaide 1pm to 3pm – 13 February at North TceParliament House.
Alice Springs 10 am – 13 February, Todd Mall Church Lawns
Sydney starting 1 pm – 13 February at The Block, Redfern,
For further info: http://stoptheintervention.org/
6pm for 6.30pm- 16 February at Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point
Road, Glebe. For further info:
http://www.gleebooks.com.au/default.asp?p=events/launches4_htm
Darwin there is a launch being planned for later in February
– details are not yet to hand.
From mid-February in Darwin you will be able to be
purchase books from the CDU Bookshop or from Absolutely
Books in Cullen Bay.”

[Canberra launch hosted by Working Group for Aboriginal
Rights and Concerned Australians. The photography in the
book is by Canberran documentary film maker Eleanor
Gilbert, based on video footage of the FaHCSIA
consultations.]

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION – 13 FEB 2010

– Background

Indymedia Australia:
WGAR News: National Day of Action – Saturday, 13 February 2010
http://indymedia.org.au/2010/02/02/wgar-news-national-day-of-action-saturday-13-february-2010-2-feb-10
2 Feb 10: “There are several articles on the STICS (Stop
the Intervention Collective Sydney) homepage about the
National Day of Action against the Northern Territory (NT)
Intervention and for Aboriginal rights. Included is a
statement by representatives from “prescribed communities”
in the NT calling for protests on Saturday February 13,
2010. Scroll down the page to read them:
http://stoptheintervention.org/

There are also details about National Actions in Adelaide,
Alice Springs, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney on the STICS
homepage. Scroll down the page to read about them:
http://stoptheintervention.org/

– National Day of Action in Perth

Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources:
National Day Of Action In Australia
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3776:national-day-of-action-in-australia&catid=73:conferences-a-workshops&Itemid=101
31 Jan 10: “This is a rally organised to coincide with
actions across Australia on the anniversary of the National
“apology”. The rally notes that the Death of Mr Ward is
still without compensation for the family, and that criminal
charges for all those responsible have not been laid. The
GSL/GS4 has not lost their contract to transport prisoners
and were rewarded with a continuing contract. There is
serious overcrowding in WA prisons. …
12noon Wesley Church (cnr William & Hay Sts, Perth)”

NT INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Background on the Northern Territory Intervention

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
http://wgar.info/

– Radio

SBS World View 4 February
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/naca/world-view/episode/67367/World-View-4-February
4 Feb 10: “A South Australian Aboriginal community calls
for welfare quarantining.”

CAAMA Radio AM News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-am-news-3022010/
3 Feb 10: “* The greens Party concerned The federal
Governments new welfare quarantining legislation has gone
under the public radar.
* Amnesty international says propsed new laws to reinstate
the Racial Discrimination Act in the Northern Territory
will not reverse any of the actions implemented under the
NT intervention.”

CAAMA Radio News
(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association):
http://caama.com.au/radio/caama-radio-news-2-february-2010/
2 Feb 10: “Ampilawatja to finally see a house built in the
community.”

– News

Koori Mail: Invitation for opening of ‘protest house’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
2 Feb 10: “ABORIGINAL people who walked off the Northern
Territory community of Ampilatwatja last year to protest
the NT intervention plan to open a ‘protest house’ at a
nearby bore on 14 February. Trade unions are helping to
build the house within just six weeks, to illustrate
unnecessary government delays in addressing overcrowding
and providing other services in the community.”

ABC: House project to highlight housing plight
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/01/2806717.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
1 Feb 10: “A central Australian Aboriginal community will
build a house this week to protest against a lack of
government support for housing. Residents of Ampilatwatja,
north-east of Alice Springs, have been living in a camp
since walking off their community in July in a protest
about poor housing standards.”

See Intervention walk-off’s Blog: http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

ABC: Welfare reforms ‘flying under the radar’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/02/2807702.htm?section=justin
2 Feb 10: “The Greens party says they are concerned the
Federal Government’s new welfare quarantining legislation
has gone under the public radar. The plan expands a system
introduced during the intervention in Northern Territory
Indigenous communities.”

Koori Mail: TO town campers tread new path
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
2 Feb 10: “CAPITAL work on housing and infrastructure at
the Alice Springs town camp of Ilpeye Ilpeye is believed to
be underway, after resident traditional owners last week
agreed to the Federal Government acquiring freehold title
to the land under the NT intervention in exchange for ‘just
terms’ compensation. The deal sits outside earlier
agreement by 17 other town camps to grant the Government
40-year sub-leases over their land.”

ABC: Town campers get chance to own property
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/01/2806645.htm?section=justin
1 Feb 10: “Residents and native title holders say they are
happy with the Federal Government’s compulsorily
acquisition of an Alice Springs town camp this morning.
Ownership of the Ilpeye Ilpeye town camp passed from a
community lease to the Federal Government.”

OTHER ABORIGINAL ARTICLES:

– Media Release

Greens compensation Inquiry Supported by Senate
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-compensation-inquiry-supported-senate
4 Feb 10: “The Australian Greens today moved to establish a
Senate Inquiry to improve the system of compensating
Australians harmed by past government policies. “There is
currently a great level of inconsistency and inequality
when it comes to providing compensation and reparations in
Australia,” Greens community services spokesperson, Senator
Rachel Siewert said today. “The Greens are concerned about
the large variations across the nation, and want to ensure
appropriate, consistent and just recompense for those
harmed by past policies, such as members of the Stolen
Generation and Forgotten Australian and former child
migrants. … “

– News

National Indigenous Times: Indigenous elder’s family in
poverty while awaiting payment: lawyer
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=19285
5 Feb 10: “The family of a man who died of heatstroke
suffered in a prison van are living in poverty while they
await a payment from the state government, the Aboriginal
Legal Service (ALS) says.”

National Indigenous Times:
Greens, opposition slam Rudd for delayed report card
http://www.nit.com.au/story.aspx?id=19277
3 Feb 10: “The federal Opposition and the Australian Greens
have both slammed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for delaying
his promised report card on Indigenous affairs for a second
year in a row, stating that it is a telling indicator of
the government’s commitment to Indigenous people. In 2008,
Mr Rudd made the commitment to deliver his government’s
progress on closing the gap on the first day of Parliament
each year.”

Koori Mail: Report card delay a bad sign, say Greens
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
2 Feb 10: “THE Australian Greens say the postponement of
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s annual Indigenous ‘report card’
to the Federal Parliament from today’s first parliamentary
sitting day for 2010 is a sign that the Government is not
up to the job of Closing the Gap. Mr Rudd deferred the
statement until 11 February because it was closer to the
second anniversary of the 13 February National Apology.”


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